The AP Fire and Emergency Services Department will not recruit HIV positive men in the fire force. The state government has amended service rules to keep out HIV positive men from the fire force as it did in the case of the police two years ago. Similarly, the fire service also decided to continue with its practice of not recruiting women as fire fighters though the police had done away with similar rules. These specifications are present in the new AP Fire Subordinate Service Rules for recruitment of station fire officers, firemen and driver operators.
Apart from physical and written tests, men have to take a medical test too to be considered for the posts. As per rules, those who are HIV positive, physically handicapped, are flat-footed, or have pigeon chests and wobbly knees cannot be considered for the post. The rule also bans recruitment of those who suffer from abnormal psychological behaviour.